If you’re a girl who is going to be a bride in coming days, the foremost thing that you do is wedding budget planning. Generally, the best wedding planning is taking a series of important steps before making your first purchase. Therefore, wedding budget planning is absolutely essential thing at your wedding planning, because you can’t create a realistic budget, , one that will allow you to choose most of the elements you want for your big day, without knowing approximately what things cost in your area. For instance, you don’t want to create a budget and then get stunned when you find out that photography packages start at Sri Lankan Rs. 1, 35,000.00 in your area when you only budgeted Sri Lankan Rs. 65,000.00 for that. So, you have to do plenty of research, spend your time in meeting with all kinds of experts, take printed price lists and know the fields of what everything costs. This will not a wasting time, actually it’s an investment to have a good wedding. Once you collected all data, then just sit down and look at your available funds to figure out what kind of wedding you will have.
After you check your fund with your dreamed wedding, you have to do 02 things;
- Discuss with your parents about your situation and ask how you will be able to have money shortage, if you don’t have enough funds.
- After that, you should make a priority list of which wedding elements are important to you like catering, entertainment, attire and photos. Then allocate your expected spend for those important elements. For instance, 75% of your wedding budget on those things, while spending less on other elements.
So, now, you have to use a handy wedding budget worksheet to plan out what you will need to pay for and how much you should plan to spend on each thing. It’s better if you print your wedding budget worksheet and put it in your planning notebook.
Remember, this wedding budget planning is varied based on the culture, religion, social class, attitudes, perception of yours. But, however, you can get enough information for your first step in your wedding. Find the average allocation at Sri Lanka’s wedding budget.
Reception (Reception Site, Food, Drinks, Rentals) – 35%
Bridal Attire & Dressing (Dress, Headpiece/veil, shoes, accessories, jewellery, hair and make up, Groom’s Suit, shoes, bow tie, cuff links, studs) – 10%
Rings – 7%
Photography & Video (Photographer and Videographer’s fees, albums, additional prints) – 10%
Flowers (Ceremony, bride’s bouquet, maid-of-honor and bridesmaid bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres, centrepieces, flower-girl basket) – 8%
Wedding Cake – 2%
Music & Entertainment (Ceremony Musicians, Band and/or DJ, cocktail hour musicians, sound system rental) – 4%
Transportation (Transportation for wedding party, guest shuttle and/or parking attendants) – 2%
Stationery (Invitations, response cards, thank you notes, guest book) – 3%
Religious & Customary Rituals – 1%
Extras – 8%
Honeymoon – 10%
Try this wedding budget planning tips and this allocation for your wedding and see how you will feel better, without getting any stress with work.